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  1. “Faux Pirate of Interest” Tries to Make Debut in Pirates of the Caribbean 5

    He totally gets bonus points for the parrot.

    In Completely Ridiculous news, a dude dressed like a pirate (complete with a real parrot on his shoulder!) tried to get onto the Australian set of Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Dead Men Tell No Tales (the original title, of course, being Pirates of the Caribbean 5: Do We Really Need Another One?). Police were called when he pulled a knife on a security guard, then fled, thankfully, without harming the guard. Queensland police are currently on the hunt for this wanna-be Jack Sparrow.

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  2. The Mary Sue Exclusive: Fake Off‘s Epic Zombies vs. Pirates Dance Battle


    Harry Shum Jr. (aka my favorite part of Glee) is a judge on a new show called Fake Off on TruTV. In this exclusive clip from the upcoming December 8th episode for TMS, amazing performance artists The Body Poets fake an epic zombies vs. pirate battle (no ninjas allowed). It's pretty rad.

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  3. The Honest Trailer For Assassin’s Creed 4 Is Just Too Real, Man

    Yarrrr this pile of hay is not sufficient enough to cushion my fall, yarr.

    So apparently lots of people loved Assassin's Creed 4: Pirate Booty, which is cool, but there's no denying the game has some issues. Smosh Games has released their latest Honest Trailer about our fave not-assassin-assassin-pirate, and it really hits the mark. Please enjoy Ass-ass-in's Creed 4: I'm on a boat.

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  4. Maggie Q to Star in Series Based on Pirate Queen Ching Shih, the Terror of the South China

    Buckle Buckle Swash Swash

    Deadline is reporting that one of our favorite historical ladies may be coming to a television screen near you: Ching Shih, a pirate's widow who, at the dawn of the 1800's, began a career that would make her one of the most notorious pirates in the world, the terror of the Chinese, British, and Portugese navies, so unstoppable that the only way to end her naval empire wound up being to offer her complete amnesty and a nice retirement.

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  5. To Celebrate #TalkLikeAPirateDay, Here’s a Pirate Rock Band Singing About Pieces of Eight

    Long live Captain Bogg and Salty.

    Two things you need to know real quick: First, "Pirate Rock" is a real thing. Second, the band Captain Bogg and Salty are great at it. If you don't believe us, check out this video for their song "Pieces of 8ight." There's a rather lengthy intro, but the song kicks in at the 1:30 mark.

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  6. Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day. Here’s Jack Sparrow. On a Unicycle. Playing the POTC Theme. With Bagpipes. That Are On Fire. [VIDEO]

    Buckle Buckle Swash Swash

    Oh, Unipiper. I love you so. Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, mateys. Yarrrrrgh. (via: Laughing Squid) Previously in the Unipiper

    • Gandalf
    • Dragon, Playing the Game of Thrones Theme
    • Darth Vader
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  7. U.S. Government Continues to Target Piracy in All Forms, Seizes 1,400 Halloween Costumes From China

    Assuming the image used by Today Health is accurate, it looks like 1,400 little girls won't be going out on Halloween as somewhat creepy pirates. U.S. Customs and Border Protection diverted the shipment of costumes to a warehouse for testing as they reached Seattle in September, but only just confirmed their suspicions: They are full of lead. There's a certain level of lead that's considered acceptable, but these Chinese costumes tested at 11 times the legal limit.

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  8. Avast, Mateys! Today Be the 10th Anniversary of International Talk Like A Pirate Day

    Batten down the hatches, me buckaroos, as it looks to be a mighty fine International Talk Like A Pirate Day. In fact, it just so happens to be the 10th anniversary of the holiday, so feel free to celebrate with ye mateys over a barrel or two of grog. The event appears to be here to stay, and ye won't hear none of us blubberin' over the fact. If we had it "arrr" way, there'd be more o' them throughout the year. Hit the jump to learn more about ye olde pirate lingo.

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  9. Things We Saw Today: Rings Shaped Like Harry Potter’s Glasses

    Things We Saw Today

    With added lightning bolt, these have to potential to poke you in the eye but if you're anything like me, you don't care. You can find them in thinkupjewel's Etsy shop. (via Neatorama) 

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  10. After Taking on Classic Detectives, Guy Ritchie Will Try His Hand at Treasure Island’s Pirates

    Buckle Buckle Swash Swash

    After the most recent installment of Pirates of the Caribbean underwhelmed, could Guy Ritchie be the one to make pirates awesome again? News is out that he's set to direct an adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic swashbuckling novel Treasure Island. He'll produce with partner Lionel Wigram, with whom he teamed for Sherlock Holmes and its recent sequel. Hmm, let's see: these guys take a classic novel, add in kickass action sequences that feel modern but make total sense in a period movie, and then find a supremely charming star to take the lead. This has clearly worked once. And now -- pirates. Yeah, I think it's fair to be more than cautiously optimistic about this one.

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  11. Zombie, Pirate, and Alien Yoga — Because You’ve Always Wondered, Just Admit It

    Imagine What You'll Know Tomorrow

    Above is just a sampling of Rob Osborne's latest additions to his yoga series. You might remember his Star Wars-themed yoga guides, featuring Princess Leia and Boba Fett. Well, now we get to see all kinds of characters from all over time and space demonstrating some classic yoga positions. At least yoga positions as practiced by humans, which only some of these characters are. Because after the jump: pirates, zombies, and aliens, all showing us various asanas that will open our hearts, souls, and braaaaaaaaaains ...

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  12. MIT Has Had a Secret Pirate Program This Whole Time

    Buckle Buckle Swash Swash

    For the past 20 years, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology -- better known as MIT -- has unofficially been offering a super secret athletic "program" for students who take a certain group of courses. Upon completing all of these course, they achieve a certain "scurvy-scum" status amongst their less inclined peers. Indeed, students who take and pass courses in "pistol, archery, sailing, and fencing" are deemed pirates. And while this was done by students just for kicks, MIT has decided not to ignore the swashbuckling that's been going on and will now issue these students actual, physical pirate certificates.

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  13. Perennially Wonderful Producer Gale Anne Hurd Will Take on Pirates in FX’s Port Royal

    Buckle Buckle Swash Swash

    With her astounding genre cred, one's first reaction to hearing that producer Gale Anne Hurd is producing anything is usually joy, excitement, and eager anticipation. Like when we found out she was producing a show about Area 51. And then, you find out that Hurd is going to be producing a show about pirates for FX, and one can barely even contain themselves. And that is exactly what's happening: following her runaway success as a producer of AMC's The Walking Dead, Hurd will lend her talents to a new series about the infamous Jamaican town Port Royal. Heavens to Betsy, imagine all the zombies vs. pirates vs. aliens arguments we're going to get to have!

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  14. Adam West Shills for High Seas Aftershave

    Buckle Buckle Swash Swash

    Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. It is also Adam West's 83rd birthday. So please enjoy this video of Pirate Adam West trying to sell you on aftershave; the video blurry, the voice unmistakable. Likewise, the following image of Pirate Batman, from an issue of Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne in which Batman does not appear as a pirate.

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  15. Help Some Engineer-Artists Finish Their Steampunk Pirate Ship

    A Lesson in Humility

    Just because they felt like it, and because they had the talent and the dedication to make it possible, a group of engineer-artists in Portland, Oregon built a land-sailing steampunk pirate ship. Built from scratch and made out of 80% reused or recycled materials, now her creators are asking the public for help in finishing their project, which they say helps participants to "share their individual technical and artistic knowledge and skills with each other and their supporters.". To help them out, go here. (Boing Boing via Lost Machine)

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  16. Adorable Pirate and Makeup Related Video of the Day

    Buckle Buckle Swash Swash

    When I was a kid, pirate makeup was toasting the end of a cork on the stove and then rubbing the ash on your face to make a five-0'clock-shadow. But we're guessing neither of those techniques, while adorable, were used in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. (via The Hairpin.)

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  17. Torrenting Turtle Knows the Truth About Software Pirates

    Anyone who has ever pirated anything has surely seen a message in the included info file that makes seemingly noble claims about the pirated copy being for demo purposes only, or how the piracy group strongly encourages people to buy the product if they enjoy it. Well, everyone knows not all software pirates are that noble, whether or not they claim to be. This tidbit of knowledge is so common, in fact, that even a turtle knows the truth.

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  18. Next Season, the Japanese Power Rangers Will Be Pirates

    This image is the first released shot of the main characters of Japan's next season of Super Sentai, or, as we know it in America, Power Rangers. Your eyes do not deceive you. Those are an assortment of "futuristic" cutlasses and flintlock pistols, and a background of nautical maps. It gets better.

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  19. Shakespeare Sort of Sounded Like A Pirate

    One of the best classes I ever took in college was The History and Structure of the English Language, where one of the many, many fascinating things our lexiconnoisseur professor revealed to us like an endless buffet of the best intellectual candy was that the English accent in the time of Shakespeare is closest to what we would now, in America, identify with International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Thankfully, some theater productions do occasionally experiment with presenting the Bard's work with the sounds of contemporary speech. This video from the University of Kansas is of a production advised in it's Original Pronuciation efforts by professor Paul Meier. Probably the most exciting thing about this to me is that now all those awkward couplets actually rhyme again. (via Kottke.)

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  20. It’s International Talk Like A Pirate Day!

    Say what you want about ninjas: they don't have their own day. Probably because that would be too obvious. I mean, what's the point of having a day where you expect ninjas? But pirates, now. There's a sort of ego thing going on there, I guess. Anyway, looking for something to get you in the holiday spirit? Look no further.

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